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How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company

How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (2005)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Melvin Van Peebles created a new style of African-American filmmaking in 1971, when on a shoestring budget he made Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, a violent action picture about a sex-show stud on the run from the police that below the surface served as a call for revolution in the black community. But Sweet Sweetback was hardly Van Peebles' first or only bold achievement in the arts. After brief careers piloting cable cars in San Francisco and flying fighter planes in the Korean War, Van

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Jun 5, 2007

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (1) | DVD (6)

[Van Peebles] could surely survive a more critical and complete look at his extraordinary life and times.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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... enlightening doc ...

January 20, 2006
New York Post
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Angio's film is an excellent introduction, but it won't be long before you realize that his subject is too complex to be contained in a single admiring tribute.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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How to Eat is finally nostalgic, albeit less so for Van Peebles, who at 73 remains active on multiple artistic fronts, than for a lost era when brash individualism and radical politics seemed to go hand in hand.

January 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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This documentary about the pioneering black filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles is nearly as mischevious and fascinating as its subject.

January 19, 2006
New York Times
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Melvin Van Peebles gets the idolatrous treatment in this documentary by first-time director Joe Angio.

January 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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A phenomenal outline of [Melvin Van Peeble's] prolific and varied life.

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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The first film to fully encompass Van Peebles' long, varied and impressive career.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A warts and all bio-pic which chronicles the life of a brash Renaissance Man who, frustrated by racism in America, abandoned the U.S. for France at an early age to pursue an assortment of artistic endeavors overseas.

January 18, 2007 Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com
BlackFilm.com

The 72-year-old Melvin remains fascinating as an artist, self-promoter, and success story.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

... offers a solid overview of the pioneering African-American filmmaker's wide-ranging career.

January 20, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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